Arkansas: Bill Poynter has been a Republican in Arkansas longer than any other member of the party. Poynter, an oil and gas consultant by trade, has served on several state committees, campaign committees, and the local committee for longer than most politicians in the state have been in office. Poynter started his journey as a Republican in 1952.
From his time at Arkansas High, through college at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Poynter worked tirelessly as a Young Republican, College Republican, and member of the state and local Miller County Republican Committee. Poynter played a key role in Reagan’s campaign visit to Texarkana. According to the book Heroes and Heroines of The Journey, The Builders of the Modern Republican Party in Arkansas, by Dr. Ken Coon, Poynter served as a key adviser to Governor Rockefeller, helped form the USA Young Republicans, and served as Miller County Committee Chairman from 1962-1982. He has served and continues to serve as State Committeeman for Miller County.
Bill Poynter, a name mentioned and immediately known by Presidents, Governors, and Congressional leaders was honored Saturday with one of the party’s top honors from the state for the Fourth Congressional District. Poynter received the prestigious “Jay Dickey Party Builder Award.” The award, named after former Congressman Jay Dickey, was made to recognize those who contribute to the party’s growth and promotion on a local and district level. Miller County and area residents will recognize Poynter as a daily worker at the county headquarters during the 2020 election season. Despite COVID concerns and the high traffic the headquarters received, Poynter insisted on being present, working, and helping in all aspects of the campaign.
The award was received by Miller County Republican Committee Chair Diana Lowe on behalf of Poynter who was unable to attend the state meeting this year. Lowe and the committee immediately recognized Poynter on the committee’s Facebook page and through social media.